FY16 Rapid Response Grants

The FY16 Rapid Response Incentive Program was well received by our institutions with 16 proposals submitted from a total of 11 community colleges seeking more than double the amount in available grant funds. This year’s proposals nearly tripled the number of proposals we received last year.  Out of the 16 proposals, eight were selected for awards totaling $500,000. 

Community College Program Industry Sector Award Scope of Impact Project Abstract
Numbers Served Worker Status

Holyoke Community College

Culinary Workforce Initiative Hospitality $75,00 90 Incumbent New & Displaced Short term, workforce readiness and skills training to meet the present and rapidly growing demand for culinary staff in the hospitality industry.

Springfield Technical Community College

Direct Healthcare Initiative Allied Health $58,548 30
Certified Nursing Assistant training to increase employee retention rates and improve continuity of patient care.

Mount Wachusett Community College

Dixie Consumer Products Manufacturing $63,740 30 Incumbent Training of newly hired staff in basic language skills (ESL) and iPad skills to operate key equipment.

Mount Wachusett Community College

Rocheleau Tool & Die Skills Gap Training Manufacturing $28,634 47 Incumbent Skills gap training in forklift operation, OSHA safety and Excel - to meet company growth.

North Shore Community College

Lynn Community Health Center Allied Health $64,208 16-24 ESOL & 90 Excel Incumbent Two training programs, ESOL & Excel, for incumbent workers.

Bristol Community College

Joseph Abboud Manufacturing $69,978 69 New & Incumbent Training of new and incumbent workers to fill new positions or to provide necessary skills to recent hires. Also training leaders with an advanced skill set to become training coaches.

Bristol Community College

South Coast Health Systems Allied Health $69,958 60 Incumbent Creating & implementing four continuing education units (CEU) for medical assistants. National & Mass Health Care Reform require employees to be certified/credentialed in order to enter information in the Electronic Medical Health Records (EMR) system.

Middlesex Community College

Community Team Work, Inc. Social Service $69,933 400
& New
Train 20 child development workers for open positions, management training to nine executives and provide customer service training to 400 incumbent workers.